Archive for April, 2011

Top 10 Anime List

April 21st, 2011

WARNING: If you do not like anime, please do not post a comment about it. This is just my opinion and you are free to post your top ten in the comment section. This also contains some major spoilers.

# 10 Naruto

Naruto is not a modern masterpiece, but it was good for what it was worth. The reason why it’s so low on the list is because of all the fillers, which it is well known for. It’s also kiddish and Naruto’s voice sounded like he smoked to much ( a running gag in the Naruto abridged series) The reason why it’s on the list at all is because it did have some really well done scenes/episodes, like Haku’s death. Surprisingly enough, I actually cried a little when I saw it. My friend was positively weeping, and when both those things happen, you know it was a damn good episode. It also had an amazing theme called “Sadness and Sorrow”, an excellent piece for the piano or flute.

# 9 Ah! My Goddess

I know, I know, this was a really popular series and deserves a higher spot on the list, but I haven’t actually finished the series, so I can’t really judge yet, but it still deserves a spot on this list, even if it is incredibly low.

#8 Tri Gun

This is also pretty low on the list because I haven’t finished the series. But it’s also because of lack of exposition. From what I’ve seen, there isn’t much exposition and some things are underdeveloped, but there were a lot of funny scenes, interesting characters, and good moments that were developed.

#7 Fruits Basket

Fruits basket is a legitimately funny comedy, but it doesn’t really live up to the manga. One gag that could’ve been used in the series ( and wisely was not) is that the Yuki and Kyo ( and Hatsu Haru and Momijii, I suppose) get hugged and Touru has to save them. For those who have never watched Fruits Basket, whenever a member of the Souma family get hugged by a member of the opposite gender or get sick or have their bodies under serious stress, they turn into a specified animal from the Chinese zodiac. However, this gag was used only a few times in the series and instead got there humour from the characters actions, rather than relying on a predictable gag that would have worn out its welcome very quickly.  The problem with this series is that plot points are either adequately explained or not explained at all.

#6 Hell Girl

Hell Girl was a good and incredibly interesting series with some good elements. The thing is, this series is kinda hit-and-miss when it comes to the episodes. This series could have easily made number two, but unfortunetaly the ending kind of ruined the series. There are also some pretty illogical decisions made at times, like how Ai is starting to doubt that her  job as being an avenger is morally just. Dude, God made you take the job in the first place, I don’t think you get much of a say. Also, you’ve been killing and sending people to Hell for over 500 years, what made you so doubtful now? s Also, some characters like Ionawa (sp) who should get way more screen time than he had. He was legitimately interesting, yet we had no clue who he is.

#5 Kuroshitsuji

Ah, Kuroshitsuji, a masterpiece in of itself and a delight to watch, with an interesting plot and likeable characters. It was dramatic, sad, and all around a good watch. So why isn’t it higher on the list? As I said in one of my previous posts, Kuroshitsuji plays keep-away with us. It has so many interesting villains with severe cases of Convertible Syndrome, and you are just praying they turn into good guys because you know they’re going to die otherwise. The only time they did take advantage of this is with a Hell Hound named Pltuo ( Ha ha ha…), which they ruined by killing at the end of season one. Also, it didn’t live up to the manga. I blame this on the fact that only volumes 1-5 ( I’m estimating) were out at the time the series began, but I digress.

#4 XXXHoLic

XXXHoLic was a very good series with interesting characters, development, and wonderful plots ( the series was very episodic) The problem is that while there was lots of development int he places that needed it and was indeed very good development, there were some places that need it. This is best shown in the movie, when the villain has been collecting souls of collectors to create the ultimate collection for over twenty years,  and he hasn’t aged a second. His sister, however, did.

Well? Aren’t you going to explain? No? Fine, you’ll just get #4 on my top ten list then. >:P Seriously though, his situation was never explained.

#3 Death Note

Death Note was one of the best anime series I have ever watched. So why is it number three? Because they killed L.  UNFORGIVABLE! But at least they didn’t kill Matsuda. Then this series wouldn’t even be on this list at all.

#2 Code Geass/ Cowboy Bebop

Code Geass was magnificent, from start to end. Wonderful development, magnificent characterization, wondrous plot and plot twists, inhumanly good voice acting (in the Japanese dubbed version, anyway…) and possibly the best conclusion any series could possibly even dream for.

Cowboy Bebop is the same deal, but it’s the exact opposite in terms of voice acting. The English version had inhumanly good dubbing and the Japanese subbed version had the exceptional dubbing. So what could have beat these excellent series?

#1 Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

Full Metal Alchemist in two words: Inhumanly good. Excellent. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood  had the tension of Death Note, the exciting plot twists of Code Geass, well-done action scenes the equivalent of Cowboy Bebop, voice acting like Cowboy Bebop, characterization and character development of Inu Yasha, and much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, apply to the forehead, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more.

Well, that was my top ten list, so so long! And until the next post!

P.S I won’t be posting for a little bit, so please be patient for the next post!

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How to Create a Good Rant (H.C.G.R)

April 19th, 2011

Hello everyone! I have decided to post my take on how to post a good rant. Enjoy!

Step 1: Make sure your voice isn’t annoying

If you must make a video rant and can’t possibly make do with a written one, make sure your voice isn’t annoying. Don’t sound like PimpinDMaster or no one will take you seriously and no one will listen to you. I don’t about you, but I don’t like listening to spontaneous rasping from a guy who sound like he had broken glass for breakfast, brushed his teeth will a sauntering iron, and used a cup of nails for mouth wash.

Step 2: Pick a subject

This step is actually harder than it sounds. You have to be careful what you pick to rant about or you’ll just sound whiny.

Step 3: Don’t rant about anime.

The reason why is simple enough: 1) you will be trolled 2) It is a genre. You can’t rant about genres.

In fairness, this should’ve been titled don’t rant about genres, but I digress. The only way you can rant about a genre is if you’ve read every book, read every fanfic, watched every movie, and know every single filthy detail about a genre before you can actually rant about it. And that’s assuming you haven’t come across anything you liked.

Step 4: Inserting images

If you’re not actually going to film yourself and instead record, inserting images throught the video will be necessary. Starring at a black screen is distracting and boring. No one will focus on what you’re saying.

The images you put in your video can’t be something like random Gary Larson comic strips, they have to be relevant to what you’re talking about. There are going to be some situations where there really aren’t any pictures lying around the internet relevant to your situation, but if you want, you can doodle something on Office Paint. Other than that, show something like a slide with examples or something. Just be creative and don’t overkill.

Step 5: Write your script/edit

Yeah, this step is pretty straight forward. There are some people out there who don’t need actual scripts and can do everything with some bullet points, a general idea what his/her rant is going to be like, and a camera/microphone. However, if you are like me, you need a script. Once you have written it, check for errors so that you will have a smaller chance of stumbling during your recording.

Step 6: Have some ground

This step is also pretty straight forward. To rant about something, you must actually 1) have reasons and 2) know what you are talking about.

SPECIAL TIP!!!! Don’t rant about things from other unknown cultures.

In order to avoid looking like a racist jerk, don’t talk about things from a culture you don’t know about. Like Linkara said, “ I just don’t have enough background knowledge…. mangas are from a different culture with different standards than ours.” Even if you’re not reviewing manga, you still need to know what you’re talking about, otherwise you’ll just come off as whiny.

SPECIAL TIP!!!! Look back at your 6th grade notes

Surprisingly enough, this does help. I don’t know about any other grades, but in 6th grade you had to learn about how to write a persuasive essay. Rants and persuasive essays are one and the same. Rants, like persuasive essays, are meant to convince others to see it your way and agree with your opinion. Like a persuasive essay, your rant needs structure. You can’t randomly spout reasons why something is awful, and you can’t just say, “ this sucks. I hate this. This is soooo stupid,” That’s the point of a freaking rant! You’re supposed to talk about something and convince other people it’s awful. Also, check your reasoning and evidence. It might not be as concrete as you think. Also, check to see if your reasons are to broad. You need to say how something sucks, what’s wrong with something, etc., etc.

Well, that was my take on how to create a good rant. Bye! :)

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Top 5 Wasted Characters

April 18th, 2011

#5 Matt ( Death Note)

The reason why Matt is so low on the list is because he only got about ten minutes of screen time and about ten-thirteen panels in the manga. In any case, he was an interesting character and deserved more screen time than he got.

#4 Haku (Naruto

Haku is pretty low on the list mainly because he got waaaay more screen time than Matt and his death actually lasted an entire episode. This normally doesn’t happen for minor characters, let alone minor villains. In any case, he has what I like to call Convertible Syndrome. This is where a character could easily become a good guy and is a person you WANT to see become a good guy because you know that if s/he doesn’t s/he will die. In any case, my only guess as to why his death lasted a full episode is simply because the staff of the show knew they were wasting such a wonderful character. This was a once-every-few-years type good character. His story was complex, he had flaws but was still likeable, and just an enjoyable character.

#3 Rem ( Death Note)

Rem is much higher on the list because while she was a minor character and got a lot of screen time, she’s never really acknowledged. Even if she is in a scene her weird appearance just doesn’t draw any attention to her. She’s like a person in the background when watching a main character go down a street. You don’t really notice them unless they start talking to the main character. This is what happened with Rem. Unless she’s talking to you, you don’t really notice her, and even then, she’s kind of forgettable. She’s awesome, but just not that recognisable. Ryuk, on the other hand, is the total opposite of Rem in every way, from colour scheme  to personality. Ryuk is always memorable down to the mundane details, like apples to shinigami are what cigarettes and alcohol are to humans. You never forget anything he says and now matter how tiny he is in the background you always see him.

#2 Hakudoshi( Inu Yasha)

Hakudoshi should probably be much lower on this list than he is, but I think it’s his death that pisses me off about him. His death was rushed and unnecessary and had a severe, SEVERE case of Convertible Syndrome. It would have been so easy to convert him, you could have done it with your eyes shut. I guess that’s what annoys me about him, he’s just so interesting and was a complete waste.

#1 Drocell ( Kuroshitsuji)

Drocell is number one on this list for one simple, simple reason: Kuroshitsuji played keep-away with us. They said, ” You want this awesome, complex character? Huh, huh? You want ‘im? Well, SCREW YOU, YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM!!!”  He was so interesting, so awesome, and so under-used and disgracefully killed off, if I had to make a top ten anime list, Kuroshitsuji would be knocked down at least two spots from the number three spot. It was so demeaing how rushed Drocell’s death was, it boredered insulting.

Well, hopd in enjoyed my list, and until the next post!

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